From the Pastor’s Desk – May 14, 2017

During the seven week Easter season we read extensively from the Acts of the Apostles attributed to Luke, describing the spread of the early church in a time of challenge, persecution and difficulty. The church seemed to thrive rather than die when faced with challenges from religious or secular authorities. It became stronger, not weaker. The people appreciated their new found faith and lived it despite real threats to their own lives. In our busy lives how much time do we spend with God’s living Word? Some people wouldn’t think of going a day without reading the sacred scriptures, Old Testament or New Testament.
I received the message below in an email asking the questions: “What if we chose the Bible each day versus our cell phones or smart phones?” It is something to think about. I don’t know the source or the author, but the message is worth reflecting on for each one of us.
“Ever wonder what would happen if we treated our Bible like we treat our cell/smart phone?
What if we carried it around in our purses or pockets?
What if we flipped through it several times a day?
What if we turned back to go get it if we forgot it?
What if we used it to receive messages from the text?
What if we treated it like we couldn’t live without it?
What if we gave it to children, young people as gifts?
What if we used it when we traveled?
What if we used it in case of emergency?
This is something to make you go….hmm…where is my Bible? Oh, and one more thing. Unlike our cell phone, we don’t have to worry about our Bible being disconnected because Jesus already paid the bill. Makes you stop and think; where are my priorities? And no dropped calls! When Jesus died on the cross, he was thinking of you!”
Each Easter season the church takes us through passages from the Acts of the Apostles, and the Gospel of John. These texts are filled with the fervor, enthusiasm and delight that characterized those early burgeoning faith communities in Antioch, Cyprus, Phoenicia and other cities and places. Can the same be said for the church in San Jose, Los Gatos, and Morgan Hill? Or has the Word become simply a historical word. Let the Word of God come alive when you take time to sit with the Word, read the Word, rest with the Word and pray the Word.
Additionally, let us remember our Mothers today those living and those deceased. Though my mother was not a regular Bible reader in our youth, she was a great woman of faith, who prayed her prayers, devotions and gave us her own example by going to Mass often, taking us with her for some evening devotions. Later in life she did attend Bible Studies and found it rewarding, along with attending daily Mass and becoming a Eucharistic Minister. Let us pray for our Mothers today giving thanks to God for their guidance in our lives.
Easter Blessings,
Father Larry

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